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ReaDI Program | Resources

The Research and Data Integrity (ReaDI) program provides a number of tools to ensure robust data and research integrity. The ReaDI program provides resources, outreach and consultation to researchers at all stages in their careers. Learn more about the ReaDI Program here.

The resources below have been compiled with input from
many Columbia faculty and staff, including members of the University's Standing Committee on the Conduct of Research.  We greatly appreciate their support.  These materials are not intended to dictate particular practices.  Rather, they provide suggestions and recommendations for ways to structure and manage aspects of research, so that principal investigators and researchers can develop the approaches that work best for them.

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New! Rigor and Reproducibility Overview
Data Storage and Documentation
These are useful for anybody conducting research, mentoring researchers or planning to lead a research group
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Image Manipulation
For researchers who acquire images and use image manipulation software (such as Photoshop)
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Biological (Biomedical) Sciences and Research

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Enhancing Research Reproducibility is a collection of recommendations from FASEB that resulted from roundtable discussions. This document discusses overarching topics, mouse and other animal models, and antibodies.

Science Signaling
  • Points of Significance is a monthly column on statistics that are targeted toward researchers in biology. Some topics include: core statistical concepts and methods, experimental design, replication, and many more!
Statistics and Computational Analysis Specific for Biologists
From Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI)
GBSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of biomedical research by advocating best practices and standards to accelerate the translation of research breakthroughs into life-saving therapies (text adapted from GBSI). GBSI has assembled some key publications.

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Chemical Probes, Biomarkers and Western Blots
Cell Authentication
Antibody Validation
Animal Research
Sex as a Biological Factor
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Statistics and Computational Research
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Health Sciences and Clinical Research

Mixed Methods and Qualitative Research
Retrospective Chart Review
Preclinical and Clinical Research
Simulation-Based Research
INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education) has collaborated with global partners to develop extensions specific to simulation-based research for both the CONSORT and STROBE statements (above).
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Social Sciences
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Tools and Best Practices for Avoiding Plagiarism and Managing Citations
Accidental plagiarism is often the result of poor note-taking or improperly citing a reference when paraphrasing (read about: Confessions of an Accidental Plagiarist). Below are some resources for avoiding plagiarism and managing citations.

Understand What Plagiarism is and How to Avoid It
There are many resources that can help researchers recognize and avoid plagiarism. Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website on academic integrity has compiled several of these. See GSAS Resources for more information.

Indiana University has created comprehensive tutorials and an exam regarding plagiarism. The exam may be a useful risk assessment tool. See Indiana University Resources.

Manage Source and Citations Systematically
Sometimes plagiarism results from mismanaged or improper citation and source management. Citation management software can help avoid such problems. These tools help researchers keep track of sources and citations. An overview of various tools is available on Columbia's Library website. Many are free downloads with a Columbia UNI. Software providers have published tutorials to help troubleshoot and utilize software to full potential:
For information on plagiarism in the context of research misconduct, please see RCT's misconduct site.

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Lab Management Resources

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